Dingshou Yang

Postgrad student, The University of Sheffield

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Can something unsuccessful turn into good things?

Can something unsuccessful turn into good things?

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    Jul 14 2012: Yes. in my experience i've found that being unsuccessful means you tried. That is a success.
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    Jul 12 2012: Antonio, In the world of science we conduct experiments to prove the hypothesis. The amount of experiments conducted varies but all experiments are fully documented and we learn from the unsuccessful experments. Each attempt drives us in the direction of desired results.

    Successes and failures are both important. We need to know that achieving a goal is attainable through hard work and dedication to the process. Failures tells much about ourselves. Those who fail and quit ... those who fail and try and try again ... those who do not accept failure and learn and grow from the events until they adjust, adapt, and overcome the problems that stood in the way. These are character builders.

    However, having an unsuccessful skydive does not lend itself to growing and learning.

    All the best. Bob.
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    Jul 12 2012: Its all in your prespective. If your orginal goal has failed, thus being unsuccessful, there is a good chance that another, unexpected outcome has occured. If you view it with the right mindset, you can easily turn that around into "good things."

    I also strongly agree with Dejay's comment below. Failure allows for you to grow and learn, and honestly what is better than growing and learning?
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    Jul 11 2012: To touch lightly upon to subject.
    Something unsuccessful can instantly be a good thing, for you have learnt what NOT to do eh? :)
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    Jul 11 2012: The answer to the question is yes. All it takes is serendipity and a little luck. So many failures have spurred successes. Think of the post-it note. The adhesive that makes a post-it stick to objects temporarily was considered a failure by it's creator as they were aiming to create a strong glue.

    Instead, they created a weak glue. Total abject failure. However, by luck its potential was spotted and now those little multi-coloured sheets of paper dominate office desks across the globe.

    Failure is only a chance to learn and improve. Often, if it can be looked at from a new perspective, a useful idea/product etc.

    I have often taken what appears to be a failure and re-engineered it into something useful, you just need to take a holistic view and open your imagination to the possibilities.
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      Jul 11 2012: success can be received beyond your notice. or let's say ,success can be met but not be made
  • Jul 15 2012: Trying and failing leads to knowledge which moves us forward and closer to the truth. Very few (if any) of us get it right all of the time. Many of the world's most innovative and productive people are those who fail at the same rate as everyone else, but they have the courage and determination to make more attempts than the average person. More attempts leads to more success.
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    Jul 14 2012: WOW...so many great comments which I agree with...I LOVE it!!!

    My own worldview, is that I feel labels to be limiting, therefore, I do not label anything "successful" or "unsuccessful".
    I believe EVERYTHING is an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve, so with that in mind/heart all the time, each experience is a step toward the next step. To me, there are no failures for anyone...it is simply another part of the process of moving forward. As Robert insightfully says..."In the world of science we conduct experiments...the experiments conducted varies...documented...we learn...each attempt drives us in the direction of desired results".

    I perceive all of the life adventure as an exploration, and in my mind and heart, there can be no "failures" when I am learning, growing and moving toward a desired result:>)
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    Jul 11 2012: Unsuccessful does not equal bad.
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      Jul 12 2012: does successful equal good?
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        Jul 12 2012: It depends on what was being attempted. If it was desecration of a National Treasure, success was not good. If it was keeping a National Treasure safe from vandalism, success equals good.
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          Jul 13 2012: I agree, every love that ever fails sets the ground work for the one that succeedds but then Edward has been married since 1969 and his success encourages me!
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    Jul 11 2012: You might want to do an internet search for "learning from failure," or something like that. This topic is a giant favorite on the web, almost as if the concept were newly discovered.
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      Jul 11 2012: thanks for your reply. i have not noticed a similar topic was discussed on the web until you told me.
      in light of my quick thought,one can turn something unsuccessful, such as poverty, into great personal success and contributions to the society as long as he could grow up from the obstacles and keep a courageous heart.
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        Jul 11 2012: Antonio, I though you meant unsuccessful in the sense of making a mistake. Poverty is often not your own mistake. For example, children born into poverty made no mistake that got them there.

        In terms of what I now understand that you meant, history is full of cases of people who have overcome adversity to find interesting lives and to contribute to the happiness of others.

        If you actually find yourself unsuccessful due to something you tried and failed to achieve, there are likely lessons to be learned that have value in knowledge but also value in helping you find a better path.
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      Jul 11 2012: thanks, short but to the point. i am thinking an equally marvellous expression in Chinese.like 没有任何成就不代表就是失败…没有任何失败已经是成功 or 祸不单行,福不常倚